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night "i am pleased to inform you that the united states of america has reached a signed agreement with mexico." according to the president mexico is ready to crack down on migrants passing through their country to the southern border with the u.s. and the u.s. is going to work to speed up the processing of asylum claims by those migrants. for more on this late night deal go to sarah westwood at the white house. sarah, the high stakes negotiations wrapping up after the president got back from his trip. >> reporter: this agreement between the u.s. and mexico came about after three days of intense negotiations between the mexican delegation that came to washington for the talks on the u.s. side led by secretary of state mike pompeo. president trump is backing off that threat to impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from mexico in exchange for mexican officials saying that they would step up their immigration enforcement.
here's a little bit of what mexico agreed to. they agreed to deploy thousands of national guard troops throughout its country including to its southern border to stop the flow of central american migrants moving up through mexico to get to the u.s., vowed to try to disrupt human smuggling operations in mexico, to let some migrants caught crossing the u.s. border illegally to wait in mexico while asylum claims are being processed. that's something the trump administration had long been pushing to expand. in exchange the u.s. agreed to accelerate the asylum process. president trump took to twitter today to thank the president of mexico and the mexican foreign minister for efforts in negotiating the deal. he said that if mexico does try to live up to the terms of the agreement then in his words this will be a success and we should note that president trump initially had left his demands vague. basically he never specified what criteria mexico would have to meet in order for him to walk back that tariff threat so he
has been able to claim this as a victory. republicans on capitol hill had expressed skepticism about the president's tariff threat. they had been worried that this would harm american businesses, cost u.s. consumers. and some had sought a delay from president trump. but now, alex, that situation seems to be completely avoided with the president for now ending at ending that tariff threat in exchange for the deal. this is not just an international matter. this obviously has to do with domestic politics as well and just a short time ago we heard from house speaker nancy pelosi who lashed out at the president's tactics in these negotiations. in a statement she writes "president trump undermined america's preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south, threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy." so let's keep breaking this down with our experts.
david -- katherine rampell and sam vinegrad. david, start with you, this agreement is now set, it was agreed to last night. but the political battle as we just heard from nancy pelosi is just beginning. what do you make of the president now claiming that this agreement is going to mean that mexico will help prevent the flow of immigrants to america's southern border? >> so, alex, two things. i do think it's good that he backed down from the tariff threat and i also think that this deal, unlike some of the other deals that the president has gone out and tried to make around the world, at least had a quid and a quo, right? he wanted action on immigration in exchange for not imposing tariffs. that being said, and with apologies to jerry mcguire, this agreement announced last night is only a mission statement. there are no benchmarks. there's nothing specific. it says mexico will take
quote/unquote unprecedented steps. they've agreed in principle to deploy their national guard along the mexico/guatemala border which they were already signaling they would do which potentially from the point of view of the trump administration will be a good thing and may stem the flow of some immigrants coming from guatemala or further south, el salvador, honduras. but there's just not exactly a clear sign of what's going to happen next. >> lots of vagueness still there. katherine, to you, you wrote a piece that called these tariffs deeply stupid, largely because americans would have picked up the tab. do you think there was republican pressure internally, domestically, that forced the president to back off these threats of tariffs and cut this deal? >> i think probably there were a few different factors here. this administration did not seem to have anticipated how much pushback, or at least trump didn't anticipate how much pushback he was going to get on these tariffs. most likely the combination of pushback and threatened rebellion from republican
lawmakers, the weak jobs report, estimates of the economic disaster that would have resulted, as well as these some 140 business and agricultural groups that came out explicitly against this policy, all of those things together, most likely, convinced this administration, convinced the president that, you know, it's not worth delivering on this threat that was going to basically burn down our own house and that's why i think we see trump essentially accepting relatively minor -- one might even argue meaningless concessions from the mexico side and then again pro claiming victory by delivering the status quo essentially. >> and sam, one of the key tenets of this agreement is that the u.s. has agreed to speed up this asylum process, the processing of migrants at the border, it's a hugely complex process that's already -- how do you see this happening, how do you see this put into effect? >> well, on the u.s. side we certainly need the president to
actually devote resources that would enable the asylum process to be expedited, including more immigration judges. he has been reticent to do anything within the united states and has instead preferred to blame everyone but himself for what's gone wrong on immigration policy. we look at this joint declaration and the mexicans have said that they're going to deploy 6,000 national guard members throughout mexico. to katherine's point this may be an empty victory. the national guard was just created in february in mexico. it's a civilian agency and they're now deploying one tenth of manpower to supposedly find more migrants in mexico. we look at the declaration from last night which says that mexico is going to expand its role in keeping asylum seekers on the mexican side of the border. right now the migrant protection policy that the administration has put in place just applies to three points of entry. and at this point it's looking like mexico is saying they'll keep asylum seekers trying to enter across the u.s. border. that would mean there would need
to be a lot more border agents deployed across the u.s. border processing asylum seekers and then returning to mexico. i am waiting to see if president trump puts his money where his mouth is on the american side of this agreement and actually does something to fore stall the immigration crisis. >> and david to that point do you think mexico is going to put their money where their mouth is? they say as sam just mentioned they're going to be sending 6,000 troops to that border and are going to allow migrants to be returned and held in mexico while those cases are being processed. will they follow through on that? >> so, if you assume mexico went into this with good faith, and let's assume that, then yeah sure they'll deploy troops along the mexico/guatemala border that might have an impact on the migration flows coming from further south up into mexico and up into the united states. but again, the agreement only calls for unprecedented steps. it doesn't say specifically what they're supposed to do.
how this will be measured. and i think part of the problem, as sam just pointed out is what are the two sides going to devote to this in terms of resources. is mexico going to, at some point, agree to a safe third country agreement where they're saying yes, we too can be a home for asylum seekers, not just the united states? they didn't agree to that here and on the u.s. side is the u.s. going to devote, again, as sam said, more resources toward more border agents, more immigration judges and immigration courts, better facilities that are housing asylum seekers on this side so people are not living in squalid conditions while they wait for cases to be adjudicated. nothing is clear. >> we as the united states used to be the leader on human rights and we used to be the leader on ensuring the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. at this point asylum seekers may not have the conditions they are guaranteed under international law, not to mention the conditions here in the united states. and from a macro perspective we
are destroying our relationship with mexico. we are in unreliable partner when it comes to economics and security agreements. logically speaking mexico is going to be turning to other countries for export purposes, and for security relationships because they fear president trump's next temper tantrum. >> you both make excellent points. we talk about agreements, the wall, numbers. what we really should be talking about are these are lives that, you know, that are being impacted, people who are risking everything to come up here to try to get into the states for a better life. katherine, i do want to bring it back to domestic politics because this is obviously an element that runs through almost everything these days. what role do you think that 2020, the presidential election next year is playing in president trump's thinking in this? >> well, he does seem to return to his core issue of immigration whenever there's any sort of trouble in the water, whenever there are bad headlines related to the russia probe, or stories
about dysfunction in the white house, of course dysfunction in the white house is sometimes related to immigration policy but it does seem like when all else fails he returns to immigration. he believes that that is the way to activate his base and that is very well part of the reason why he proposed, again, these deeply stupid tariffs that would have caused much more harm to his base than likely to mexico. but i'm not sure he thought that through. yes, with an eye towards 2020 i think that might be why he proposed and reportedly overruled some of his own trade advisers on this issue. the question is will he try to play this card again and again and again as we approach november 2020 and how much damage will he wreak along the way both in terms of damage to our domestic economy and damage to our international relationships with some of our closest friends. >> one of the things we didn't get to is whether he'll try to use this card with china.
we're out of time. thanks to all of you. still ahead, nearly half of the democrats running for president are getting a head start, flooding des moines, iowa months before the iowa caucuses. can any of them stand out as they campaign in the midst of the city's pride festival? we're live there next. do your asthma symptoms ever hold you back? about 50% of people with severe asthma have too many cells called eosinophils in their lungs. eosinophils are a key cause of severe asthma. fasenra is designed to target and remove these cells. fasenra is an add-on injection for people 12 and up with asthma driven by eosinophils. fasenra is not a rescue medicine or for other eosinophilic conditions. fasenra is proven to help prevent severe asthma attacks,
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may be hard to believe but the first democratic presidential debate is over two weeks away and this now really monster field of democratic candidates is on the campaign trail this weekend with the bulk of them descending on the state that votes first, iowa. nearly a dozen of those chasing the democratic nomination are in des moines today with many attending pride fest. iowa caucuses are eight months away, but it's an early chance for candidates to pitch themselves. leyla santiago is there. what are we seeing with half the democratic field swarming iowa this weekend? >> reporter: already this morning we've seen former congressman beto o'rourke run in the 5k with his wife amy. last night we saw senator kirsten gillibrand here celebrating with folks for the
gay pride festival. we expect it to be a very vibrant celebration today and i actually stopped a few voters this morning to ask them, what are you looking for? what do you want to hear from all the candidates that are here? one woman said she wants to hear them talk about jobs. another woman said she wants to hear about the rights of the lgbtq, be a priority for these candidates. and one man said, this is his quote, he says i want to know who has the claws to go up against president trump and who can beat him in 2020. so i suspect many of the candidates will be making those things a priority in their talks to voters here. we expect eight of them to be at the pride fest today. they'll get ten minutes to talk to voters here then tomorrow will be the hall of fame dinner. you'll have 19 of the 23 democrats there, also trying to make their pitch and show the strength of their campaign for what will be the largest
gathering thus far in this cycle. and remember the timing of this. this is just a few weeks before they all gather on stage for the those debates. so this really could kind of set the scene and be a bit of practice for them when they go to miami and hit that debate which will be a way that they'll all try to sort of distinguish themselves. one other note, a big point that people here are taking note of is who's not here and that is the front runner, joe biden, not attending iowa events this weekend. his campaign tells us that he had a family commitment that has been scheduled for quite some time now. we'll have to see how that plays out. but keep note that tonight cnn as well as the des moines register will be releasing new poll numbers of how all of these candidates are standing right now in iowa. as you mentioned, very important, the very first caucus state, alex. >> first caucus state. eight months until those caucuses. leyla santiago in des moines,
thank you so much. top priorities for voters, one other top voting issue is abortion. and a new cnn poll this week shows that three in ten americans would only vote for a candidate for major office who shares their views on abortion. that is the highest percentage in any cnn poll since 1996 and it means that what 2020 candidates say about abortion rights is absolutely critical to voters. so for more less bring in cnn's natasha chen. she is following where they all stand on abortion. natasha, this was really the topic of the week for democrats, wasn't it? >> absolutely, alex. and in that poll you just mentioned we're also seeing that respondents are moving to the more extreme ends of this issue. so that's really forcing everyone running for president to take a vocal stand, to whichever position they take. >> reporter: with several states banning abortions and much earlier stages of pregnancy than established by roe versus wade 2020 democratic candidates are coming forward in defense of
abortion rights. >> people who are frightened are the ones who don't get access and that's just not right. >> reporter: elizabeth warren, amy klobuchar and kirsten gillibrand have called for roe versus wade to be codified into federal law. >> i think kamala harris had a good idea the other day. >> reporter: harris is proposing blking dangerous abortion restrictions in states pushing unconstitutional anti-choice legislation before they go into effect. harris is also among a host of democratic candidates who tweeted in support of repealing the hyde amendment, which bans federal dollars from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or where the mother's life is in danger. 15 states offered their own fundi funding for a wider range of abortion services. the kaiser family foundation reports more than half of the women in childbearing age on medicaid do not qualify for most abortion services. >> this assault on women's reproductive rights is an assault on women but it's particularly an assault on
african women. >> reporter: joe biden was the only candidate in the democratic field who supported the hyde amendment until he changed his mind this week. >> if i believe health care is a right as i do i can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's zip code. >> reporter: on the republican side of the race president donald trump was for abortion rights in the '90s but is now against them. his administration imposed new restrictions wednesday on the use of fetal tissue in scientific research. his only primary challenger, former massachusetts governor bill weld, penned an op-ed last week defending a woman's right to choose. weld did not mince words. he said he was and always will be pro-choice. he called he has anti-abortion laws based on religion, not science, alex. >> natasha chen in our washington bureau, thanks very much. still ahead the secretary of state mike pompeo downplaying climate change, now suggesting that modern societies can adapt by moving somewhere else.
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develop technology and innovation. i am convinced, i am convinced that we will do the necessary things has climate changes." he's made similar comments in the past. just last month he suggested that shrinking sea ice in the arctic is an opportunity for economic development. michelle kosinski is with me from the state department. pompeo essentially saying yeah, we'll deal with it, it will be fine. >> the sea ice comment it wasn't clear that he was trying to say that climate change was ultimately a good thing. that might just have been an unfortunate juxtaposition of ideas. this time he was asked directly, first of all, do you think climate change is a real threat and do you think it's manmade? so he chose to completely ignore the manmade issue, just leave that out of the equation entirely and then paint this optimistic, rosy picture about how people can deal with the effects of climate change
because in his words, first of all, climate is always changing. it's been changing for a long time. and then he used examples like the netherlands saying, well, i was just there and they're below sea level and they have this wonderful, thriving society. and he said that societies reorganize and people move to different places. seeming to say that people can just move their way out of the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. so he doesn't want to speak to the science. he doesn't even want to say that it could be manmade. and he doesn't want to say that this could be devastating or that people will be forced to move, causing a swelling of migration flows because of this, alex. >> and michelle, it's not just what they're saying about climate change, it's what they're preventing others within the administration of -- of not saying about climate change. i want to ask you about another piece of reporting. the white house reportedly blocking an intelligence aide from submitting written answers
to the house intelligence committee on the dangerous of climate change. >> this comes from the "washington post," that this intelligence staffer inside the state department was supposed to submit this report to the house intelligence committee this past week. so he talked about the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, what could happen, how that could be a threat to national security and the fact that the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community is that people have contributed to this and accelerated the warming of the planet and climate change and more severe weather. but the white house objected to this, especially the fact that it spoke to the science and they removed his part of the report to the submissions to congress. so they would not even let this voice be heard because he was quoting and citing the scientific community. again, which overwhelmingly agrees that the climate is changing and that is because of
human activity. >> objecting to the science. michelle kosinski at the state department in washington, thanks. well, one of the places that we can already see the threat of climate change is a small village in the country of wales in the united kingdom, rising sea waters could wipe it off the map forever. phil black went to meet the villagers who live there to see how they're preparing. >> in this corner of north wales green and misty mountains slope dramatically toward the sea. the village of fairborn here grew here on a flat stretch of marshland where the earth is low and wet. so low, much of it lies only just above sea level. >> for 100 or so years this village has existed. people here have been fighting to hold back the sea. now even conservative sea level rise predictions suggest that battle will inevitably be lost, perhaps in the coming decades. the people of fairborn could be
britain's first climate change refugees. >> from the air you see the village, hunkered down, hiding behind a bank of stones when the sea gets angry that largely natural barrier is all that protects people and their homes. >> sea level rises, the energy hitting the bank becomes greater. >> hugh williams, an engineer with the local council says all available evidence indicates the barrier will eventually fail. >> sea level rise is going to be of such magnitude that you cannot build your way out of it. climate change is here. it's not something for the future. >> local authorities have reached an uncomfortable conclusion, all of this, homes, shops, infrastructure, a community of around 1,000 people will one day be gone. claimed by the sea. >> what we're doing now is planning for what we feel is
realistically going to happen. >> reporter: lisa goodeer has the job of the village's decommissioning, working to a rough time frame, around 2045 welsh authorities believe it won't be possible to maintain sufficient sea defenses. soon after it will be too dangerous for people to stay. the estimates are based on data from local tidal gauges and the work of the u.n.'s climate change panel. they acknowledge it could all happen later, or a as some scientists predict much sooner. >> by telling people as early as we can we're given the opportunity to plan, we're actually allowing them to still have choice in what they want to do to a large degree. >> reporter: not everyone here appreciates the well intended advance warning because property prices have been hit hard. mortgages, almost impossible to get. >> the turn round now and say we're going to destroy your
village in 2045 or 2050 is wrong. >> reporter: stuart eves runs the local camping ground, saying the estimates are irresponsible given the impact on people's lives. >> it's a long-term problem so they've got to start thinking about it now, don't they? >> to a degree. but if all your information is based on supposition and theory -- >> reporter: or science. >> or science. but science has got to depend on facts. if the facts aren't there then they come up with suppositions saying we believe. >> reporter: on fairborn's climate change front line we meet phillip hill. >> i don't dispute global warming is going to happen. >> reporter: he and his family brought a sea front home where you can't see the sea. the rising water is a distant threat. >> if we have to move, then we do. but at the moment i'll enjoy this lovely place and enjoy it. >> reporter: and it is a lovely place.
>> yeah. >> reporter: fairborn is engaged in a difficult conversation with many awkward questions. what will happen to these people? where will they go? who pays for it all? the scientific consensus says this community will not be alone in confronting these imminent consequences of climate change. phil black, cnn, fairborn, wales. >> our thanks to phil black there in wales. now, the search continues for missing connecticut mom jennifer dulos. police are telling cnn that they found her bloodstains at her home and are calling an residents to help investigators track down any video surveillance on the day that she disappeared. with serious root issues.n she sees a bit of gray and thinks... (screams) luckily, there's magic root cover up from l'oreal.
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as police search for a missing connecticut mother investigators are zeroing in on her estranged husband and his girlfriend. officials say they have found blood spatter in her home and have charged her estranged husband and his girlfriend with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. the hartford current reports that the girlfriend was seen with investigators on friday in the wooded area behind their home. cnn's jean casarez has more. >> reporter: has law enforcement continue their investigation into the disappearance of 50-year-old jennifer dulos legal documents say something police won't say at this point, jennifer dulos was the victim of a crime. after last being seen on the morning of may 24th dropping her
children off at school, hours later a missing persons report was filed. during a search of her home police discovered multiple stains of blood on the floor, multiple areas of suspected blood spatter and attempts to clean up the scene. they concluded dulos was a suspected victim of a serious physical assault. >> the truth of it is that people are all dealing with something that doesn't even seem real and yet clearly is real. >> reporter: reverend peter walsh led community members at a prayer vigil after the mother of five went missing while police focused on their investigation, calling residents of new canaan to ask for help. >> as part of this timeline we seek video surveillance from homes or businesses that have cameras which capture vehicular activity on roadways. >> reporter: that timeline had law enforcement searching a busy street in hartford after city
surveillance video showed what appeared to be her estranged husband, fotis dulos depositing trash bags into trash receptacles, more than 30 stops in all, hours after jennifer dulos went missing. a woman, michelle troconis, is seen with him. they were confirmed to have jennifer's blood on them. that led police to arrest fotis dulos and troconis charging them with tampering evidence and hindering prosecution. after an initial court appearance troconis posted the $500,000 bond, dulos did not and remains in jail. jennifer d jennifer dulos and her husband of 12 years have been embroiled in a divorce battle for the last two years. in her original divorce filing jennifer told the court "i am afraid of my husband. i know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way
and claim that he threatened to kidnap their children." . fotis dulos denied it all to the court. while police continue to conduct searches at properties he owns, they are also coming through mountains of trash for any evidence that can determine what really happened to jennifer dulos. jean casarez, cnn, new canaan, connecticut. >> horrific story. our thanks to jean casarez. still ahead, harrowing video showing u.s. and russian warships nearly colliding, both sides are blaming each other but the pictures could reveal which ship is at fault s have evolved. so should the way you bank. virtual wallet from pnc bank. just one way pnc is modernizing banking to help make things easier. pnc bank. make today the day. pnc bank. stop fearing your alarm clock... with zzzquil pure zzzs. a drug-free blend of botanicals with melatonin that supports your natural sleep cycle
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. tensions are flaring yet again between the u.s. and russia after a dangerous incident at sea. each side is accusing the other for a near collision between two of their warships. you can see here in this video which was filmed by american sailors aboard the uss chan chancellorsville how close the incident. they were forced to perform emergency maneuvers to avoid the
other. the u.s. navy is saying photographic evidence proves it was the russians who were at fault. >> reporter: a brazen challenge. this russian destroyer according to the u.s. navy coming within 100 feet of the "uss chancellorsville," american sailors recording the potentially deadly provocation but the russian military. taking place in the philippine sea south of okinawa. the russian action came as the u.s. cruiser was trying to land a helicopter on its deck, giving it even less maneuverability than usual. >> you have to be on a set course and set speed so that the winds across the deck are safe for the helicopter to land. >> reporter: boxed in the captain performs an emergency maneuver called an all engines back full. >> you're basically throwing that ship into reverse while it's moving forward at 15 to 18 miles an hour would be my guess. it's 10,000 tons of metal moving through the water. it's not going to stop quickly.
and as the ship reacts to that order, as the propellers shift direction the whole ship is going to shudder. >> reporter: while the russians blame the u.s. for the incident this photo from above contradicts that according to navy officials who say the wake curving behind the russian ship from the left could only be created from a steep turn at high speed. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan saying he will protest the incident to moscow. >> unsafe, unprofessional acts certainly put our men and women at risk. >> reporter: the ships so close together that russian sailors could even be seen on board appearing to be sunbathing on the back of their ship despite the severity of the encounter. the incident coming as russian president vladimir putin hosts the chinese president xi jinping, the two enjoying a more leisurely boat ride in st. petersburg. this latest incident could signal a new dimension to the russian threat.
>> you're looking at the kinds of things that they can do in concert with the chinese to challenge the u.s. and if it means helping the chinese out in the pacific they will do so. >> reporter: the near collision coming after two other tense interactions with the russian military. just days ago the u.s. accused russia of intercepting a u.s. aircraft three times in international air space over the mediterranean sea. and last month the u.s. intercepted russian bombers and fighter jets in international air space off the coast of alaska. of course it's not as if a russian destroyer can sneak up on the u.s. cruiser. the u.s. navy had been watching the ship. what's unusual about this russian harassment in this case, is it wasn't near russian interests. it was in china's backyard. the dispute is at an unprecedented level. russia and china joint interests are directly at odds with
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fifa women's world cup. today marks the first full day of the competition with the opening of group play. germany won the day's first match, defeating china 1-0. host france on friday kicked off the tournament with a dominant 4-0 victory over south korea. world champions team usa will start defending their title on tuesday. for more let's bring in cnn's amanda davies, live in paris. amanda, what's the energy been like in these early hours? >> reporter: hi, alex. we always talk about the importance of a good start for the host of the tournament in terms of getting the buzz going. and in terms of france, this couldn't have gone much better for them in their opening game. as you said, they thumped south korea. and their coach talked about really wanting to strike fear among their opponents. they certainly did that amongst the rival teams. but in terms of the atmosphere where we were, it really sparked
a whole lot of enthusiasm for this tournament. and it wasn't just french fans. i was surrounded by fans from panama, from mexico. their teams haven't even made it here but they just wanted to be part of what is being described as the biggest and best women's world cup ever. it was a record crowd for a french women's national team here in france. they dominated the front page of the newspaper. i think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say world cup fever has hit paris. here we are on a busy shopping street on a saturday mid-afternoon, people coming up to us asking why we're here. some people over breakfast didn't know what the score was, didn't know what had happened. but it is still early days, alex. as you mentioned, the defending champions haven't kicked off their campaign yet. >> of course all eyes in this country on those defending champions. we know the u.s. will kick off their first match against thailand on tuesday. do you have any sense, amanda, of what the feeling is among the defending champions?
>> reporter: yeah, it's been a really interesting couple of years for team usa. yes, they are the top ranked team in the world once again, they're the defending champions. but there's been a fair amount of criticism of coach jill ellis of changed around formations, trying new players. those memories of that all-too-disappointing exit from the olympics in rio in 2016, the final defeat to sweden, all too fresh in many peoples' memories. it's a different landscape from when the u.s. won in 2015. a lot of investments gone into the women's game around europe, the likes of england, the likes of france, the likes of spain have really started closing the gap. jill ellis has been talking about the fact that she and her team have been using that as motivation. co-captain megan rapino saying she feels the team still has a lot to prove. they have arrived two hours east of paris for their training camp
ahead of the game against thailand which they are expected to win. interestingly, the home of champagne, alex, so i'm not too disappointed about joining them on monday. >> yeah, tough assignment you have, amanda. best of luck to the americans and all the teams there. amanda davies on her way to champagne country, thanks very much. still ahead, an escalation in the tariff battle that's been averted as the u.s. and mexico reach a deal to avoid the threat of american tariffs on mexican goods, at least for now. we're live with more, next.
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